Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

Grumpy Martian

Live Video Astronomy

Recommended Posts

Hello.Has anybody any experience with live video astronomy? I understand that there are Watec and Minitron cameras that can be attached to telescopes or camera lens.

All the best,

Martin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I own the Watec 102n integrating video camera. It allows the picture to build up for a maximum of 10.24 seconds and send that image using a simple AV cable to any video monitor / TV screen. I find them very useful when I have been showing non astronomers DSOs as the image produced far exceeds anything you would see visually through the same scope and often look far more like what non astronomer might be expecting. Dark lanes in galaxies become easily visible, stars resolve all the way to the core in faint globular clusters etc. And as the exposure time can be controlled, you do not risk over exposing on the bright objects like M42 for example.

Given the exposures are so short, field rotation is not an issue so they can be used on an Alt Az mounted scope. I use mine with a Celestron Nexstar 11GPS with an F3.3 focal reducer.

I short, I am a fan.

Clear skies,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to own a Watec too. Fantastic little camera. However, they seem to be in short supply at the mo. Bern at Modern Astronomy told me they were waiting for the new version, but it is yet to materialise. However, in the meantime, I was also told of the Brightstar Mammut (which has cooling!) - might be worth a look too.

Stef

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.